Varsity Boys Squash
Varsity Squash Teams Become National Champions
Last weekend was a truly remarkable one for Potomac's girls and boys varsity squash teams as they swept the competition in the 2018 US Squash High School National Championships in Philadelphia.
The girls varsity squash team seeded 5-8 in Division 4 of the High School Team Championships, and took home the national title with a 4-3 victory over Westminster Schools of Atlanta. To get to the finals, Potomac beat Tabor Academy 4-3 and Darien High School 6-1. In the semifinals, they toppled number-one seed Middlesex School in a very close 4-3 match.
In the finals on Sunday in Philadelphia, freshman Elizabeth Egger led off with a brilliant 3-0 trouncing of her opponent. Senior captain Justine Thoma, sophomore Jun-Young Hong, and senior captain Caroline Jackson faced tough opposition, and came up short. Next, freshman Aalia Husain forced her opponent from corner to corner. Sophomore Charlotte Ellis won three games, and senior captain Mary Kate Ausbrook played the final match, to the deafening chants of the Westminster crowd.
Mary Kate split the first two games, lost the third, and won in the fourth, bringing the game score to 2-2. Sensing the tide had turned, the Potomac team amped up the cheers, and Mary Kate took the final game with an impressive 11-4 score.
The boys team entered the championships seeded at third place in Division 3. They began their campaign against Millbrook School in the Round of 16, winning a closely contested match. In the quarterfinals, the Panthers faced the Packer Collegiate Institute, cruising through with a 6-1 win.
The semifinal was a repeat of last year’s Round of 16 match against Rye Country Day School. This year, RCDS was seeded second in Division 3. Last year’s defeat was still fresh in Panthers’ minds and served as excellent motivation to overcome their opponents. Freshman Eric Lovallo managed to defeat his opponent in a nail-biting five-game match, clinching the fourth win needed to put Potomac through to the final.
In the final, the Panthers faced The Masters School. With the overall score tied at 3-3, freshman Matthew Granovsky made an impressive comeback after losing the first two games, and ultimately won final score of 11-4.
Boys Varsity Head Coach
Growing up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Elroy Leong was one of the top junior players on the Malaysian National Junior Squash Team and a two-time national high school squash champion. He went on to become a two-time CSA Men’s National Team champion at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. After graduating, Elroy served as the director for Capitol Squash, Hartford’s urban squash program. This is his second year at Potomac. In addition to serving as the school’s head varsity boys squash coach, Elroy is the squash professional and director of youth programs & squash operations for Squash On Fire in Washington, DC. In his first season at Potomac, he led his team to its first Mid-Atlantic Conference Championship title since 2014.